Garbage & Recycling

Collection Process

REPUBLIC SERVICES WILL STILL BE ON THEIR NORMAL SCHEDULE BUT THERE WILL BE CHANGES: Effective immediately, there will be some changes in the residential trash services due to the public health emergency caused by coronavirus-19 outbreak. 

All trash bags must be bagged and placed in a Republic cart. Republic will not service any trash outside of the containers as we are trying to limit exposure to our drivers during this time. 

Additionally, in order to best protect and limit the exposure to our employees, the bulky item program pick-up at curbside will be suspended until further notice. These measures are effective in all communities that Republic Services provides trash service. 


The City of Pontiac is contracted with Republic Disposal for curbside garbage and recycling collection. Their contact phone number is (815) 844-3095. Pontiac is divided into five collection routes with each route corresponding to a day of the week (Monday to Friday).View the City Garbage Route Map (Interactive).

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Holiday Garbage Schedule

Garbage pickup will be delayed one day if the following holidays fall on a weekday: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Collection Policies

  • All garbage and recycling must be placed in a container at the curb line, not in the street, no earlier than 4:00 pm on the day prior to scheduled pickup and the containers (and any material not collected) must be removed from the curb line no later than 7:00 pm on the day of pickup.
  • All material must be placed in containers or bagged and boxed neatly not to exceed 32 gallon in size or 50 pounds in weight. The exception to this rule is the use of an Allied Waste tote.
  • Building debris from “Do It Yourself” projects (up to 1.5 cubic yards) will be collected curbside provided it is in a container. Items are not to be placed loosely or scattered across lawns or berms.
  • Special arrangements must be made for pickup of white goods, heavy furniture, carpeting, or other large bulky items. For information contact the Building and Zoning Department at (815) 844-1038.